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GreenRoots, Inc., is a grassroots community-based organization with a 25-year track record of achieving significant environmental justice accomplishments and public health victories in Chelsea, Massachusetts and the Greater Boston region. The mission of GreenRoots is to achieve environmental justice and greater quality of life through collective action, unity, education and youth leadership across neighborhoods and communities. We do so through deep community engagement and empowerment, youth leadership and implementation of innovative projects and campaigns.
Comunidades Enraizadas is a community land trust created by a group of primarily Latina immigrants living in Chelsea, MA. We are in the process of applying for incorporation as a nonprofit in collaboration with GreenRoots. Our mission is to obtain and permanently secure land for the use and benefit of the community so that low-income people, regardless of their immigration status, can achieve long-term housing stability and be stewards of the land. We support housing which is resident-controlled and affordable – including cooperatives, home ownership and rental housing – as well as other land uses that further our goal of rooting the community in place and ending displacement.
GreenRoots is seeking a Community Land Trust/ Anti-Displacement Intern to support the work of GreenRoots’ team to fight displacement in Chelsea through organizing, education, and advocacy as well as through the establishment of Chelsea’s first community land trust (CLT). The intern will receive support and guidance from GreenRoots’ Anti-Displacement and Environmental Justice Organizer/ Community Land Trust Coordinator. Specific responsibilities will depend on the interests and skills of the intern as well as the unfolding needs of the organization. This position is a part-time (up to 20 hours per week), temporary position for one semester with the possibility of extending through the school year. GreenRoots is working in-person: Monday through Thursday, including regular evening meetings and occasional evening events. GreenRoots is not open on Fridays. Due to the continuing COVID risk, please be prepared to work remotely if required to do so by either GreenRoots or MIT.
Responsibilities may include:
- Provide support to the GreenRoots Anti-Displacement Organizer/ CLT Coordinator;
- Collaborate with CLT leadership to develop structure and policies for the new nonprofit, including developing membership orientation and materials;
- Develop communication materials and systems for the CLT, including creating flyers, updating/ creating social media accounts, and creating material for the website;
- Host community meetings and participate in events to raise awareness of the CLT;
- Collaborate with partners, including the City of Chelsea, The Neighborhood Developers and the Greater Boston Community Land Trust Network, on projects that build the CLT’s capacity.
- Support grant writing and reporting for the CLT;
- Maintain records of work to document the process of founding the CLT.
- Work with GreenRoots staff and the City of Chelsea to finalize and execute plans for a community conversation on zoning in Chelsea;
- Collaborate with Anti-Displacement Roundtable members to develop a plan for follow-up zoning conversations;
- Provide other support as requested by the Anti-Displacement and EJ Organizer/ CLT Coordinator.
- Strong verbal and written communication skills
- Proficiency in Spanish is strongly preferred
- Graphic design skills/ website design skills
- Experience working/ living in Chelsea or a similar immigrant/ urban community a plus
- Strong understanding of and commitment to environmental justice/ community land trusts/ anti-displacement advocacy
- Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
- Ability to work in a team, as well as to take initiative and work independently
- Ability to work and relate with a diverse range of people and organizations
- Ability to navigate between governmental agencies, non-profit organizations and residents
- Ability to represent GreenRoots in a professional manner to a wide range of partners, institutions and community-based organizations
- Ability to work some evenings and weekends.
GreenRoots is looking for an intern who is a quick learner, articulate and thoughtful. The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic, flexible, self-motivated, dependable, responsible and creative. Bilingual Chelsea and East Boston residents, people of color, indigenous people, immigrants, LGBTQ, gender non-conforming and women are strongly encouraged to apply. To protect GreenRoots’ youth workers we will run a SORI (Sexual Offender Registry Information) check on applicants before hiring.
Dependent on experience.
To Apply: Please send cover letter, writing or graphic design sample and resume.
Questions: Contact Caroline Ellenbird (MIT alum–MCP 2014) at CarolineE@greenrootschelsea.org.